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Mina Starsiak Hawk

Indianapolis-based Mina Starsiak Hawk, cofounder of Two Chicks and a Hammer and host of the HGTV series “Good Bones,” will be the keynote speaker for Tapestry 2021, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Attendee ticket sales begin on July 12 at 8 am.

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Parkview Health are co-founders of this annual community event celebrating women. Since 2002, Tapestry has raised over $1 million in scholarships.

Hawk’s story is one of determination, family and community.

Hawk and her mother, Karen Laine, created a home renovation company in Indianapolis in 2007. Their goal was to revitalize neighborhoods in the Circle City, one house at a time. In 2014, the duo appeared in a pilot project for HGTV, “Two Chicks and a Hammer,” and in 2015, the network picked up the series with a new title, “Good Bones.”

In addition to “Good Bones,” Hawk has appeared in other shows on HGTV, including “A Very Brady Renovation,” which premiered to 1.4 million viewers, and “Rock the Block.” She also appeared in the reboot of “While You Were Out,” which aired on both HGTV and TLC last year.

This daughter-mother duo has renovated houses within a two-mile radius of their company’s headquarters in the city’s Bates-Hendricks neighborhood. They’re not flippers and displacers. They’re neighborhood rehabbers.

“It’s important for people to know that we’re not out-of-state investors who have never seen the property and are just trying to make a quick buck,” Hawk told the Indianapolis Star in the summer of 2019. “We live in the neighborhoods, and we care about the neighborhoods.”

Hawk is a dedicated mom to her two young children, Jack and Charlotte, while also running her business, taping television shows, and working on national campaigns. She released her first children’s book “Built Together” on February 2, 2021 and is currently writing her memoir. pfw.edu/tapestry


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